Kenya Records 599 new COVID-19 Cases

A health worker takes the temperature of a person standing in line for mass testing in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Kenya recorded 599 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths on Sunday, raising the total cases so far to 26,436.

While speaking in Kisumu where he went on a tour of the region’s preparedness in fight the pandemic, Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe said the death toll now stands at 420.

“Let us continue observing the Ministry of Health protocols ensure we flatten the curve,” CS Kagwe said, “we have 599 new cases and the total is 26,436.” The new cases announced Sunday were detected from 4,420 samples.

“I am concerned because the number of women getting infected is also increasing. Today, we have 373 males and 226 females. That is not a good thing,” Kagwe said, announcing the discharge of 1,062 patients who recovered from the virus

At the same time, he warned doctors against withholding results to families who lose their kin to COVID-19.

He said such decisions pose grave consequences of increased infections because families end up burying their kin without following public health protocols.